Even though I could not afford a machine and depression was my constant companion I never thought of quitting. I decided I could afford a 1/16th of a machine but, that was n0t practical. The truth was the cumulative number was big and intimidating. This caused me to stop in my tracks paralyzed. However, by chance I decided to break down the figures further. How much would I need to raise per day to accumulate enough money to buy one machine? The answer surprisingly was not intimidating at all. It came down to roughly 500-1000 KES per day.
This gave me hope. If I could not go around, under or over the problem I would break it down to palatable bits. The next question now was how do I raise 500-1000 KES a day. I could ask for relatives for money. However, I wanted to face this challenge on my own so I opted to make and sell key chains.
I had about 1,000 KES between me and absolute poverty. I decided to use all of it to buy my supplies at river road. I ended up with 100 key chains from my initial capital. I planned to sell them at 100 KES so my net profit ended up been about 9,000 KES. The math seemed very straightforward and easy. Very quick money.
I quickly learned that my next challenge would be who to sell them to. Selling 100 keychains was similar to trying to raise money for the machine- it was disarming. Doubt crept in. I was not sure I could sell 100 key chains. Yet again I broke down the problem. I could not sell 100 key chains but, I could sell 10 a day. All I needed to do was approach 10 people per day.
With the new found hope I gathered my courage and decided to sell at my University. I approached a girl in my finance class. I was really nervous to do it but I kept reminding myself that the worst she could do is say no. To my surprise however, she bought a key chain!! hooray to me….
I leave you with this:
“Fear is like distorted mirrors. The image you perceive is not reality”-Munira
Until next time